Ekaterina Mochalova was born in Baranovichi, Belarus and began playing the mandolin and the domra at the age of six. She studied with Vyacheslav Krouglov and graduated in 2016 from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music with a Master of Music Degree (Honors). She is a Laureate of as many as twenty international and Russian competitions and festivals including First Prizes at the XXIII Mandolin Competition in Japan, the 9th Osaka International Mandolin Competition, and the Gold Medal at the 10th Delphic Games of Russia. Ekaterina Mochalova has appeared as soloist with numerous symphonic, chamber and folk instrument orchestras in Russia and at festivals including the Vina in Villa Prosecco Festival in Italy, the Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi, and the Osaka International Mandolin Festival. She has performed on tour in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, France, Finland, United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong and the USA and has worked extensively with internationally acclaimed artists Yuri Bashmet and Denis Matsuev. In the field of contemporary music she has given world premieres of new compositions for mandolin and domra by composers including Michael Bronner, Natalia Hondo, Efrem Podgaits, Alexander Tschaikovsky and Kirill Volkov. Ekaterina Mochalova is currently a lecturer and project manager at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and soloist/concertmaster of the Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra. She also serves on the jury of several musical competitions in Russia and on the organizing committee for the International Festival Russian String Orchestra in Moscow.